It was with great emotion that I learned of the death of Alain Kouck.

He was a prominent figure in the publishing world. From his early career in the distribution sector to his position as president of Interforum-Editis, he has, for years, attached his name to the development of what has become one of the main French publishing groups.

During this remarkable career, he has also been involved in defending collective interests, notably through his contribution to the work of the International Union of Publishers, which defends at the global level essential values such as the freedom to publish, the Forum d'Avignon, which reflects on the future of the cultural and creative sectors, or the association Culture papier, which works for the sustainable development of print.

I extend my sympathies to Alain Kouck’s family and to all the employees of the Interforum-Editis group.